What is your overhead cost? How much of my donation
will go towards tents?
A: All of your donations
will be going towards purchasing shelter, as there
is no overhead cost associated with this initiative.
However, if the donation is made online, Paypal
does charge a small percentage per credit card transaction.
Q: Are donations tax-deductible?
A: Donations up to this
point have not been tax-deductible. However, in
the United States, RSD has partnered with the Association
for the Development of Pakistan (ADP). Association
for the Development of Pakistan is a non-profit
charitable organization as determined by Section
501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service, tax ID#
20-0022158. In the Unites States, your gift to Association
for the Development of Pakistan towards Relief Shelter
Drive is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted
Q: I have heard of the groups
Relief Tent Drive and Tents for Quake - how are
they different from you?
A: They're not - we're
the same initiative. This drive initially began
on October 18, 2005, collecting funds for tents.
As the first heavy snow fall is predicted by mid-November,
the group is also looking for alternative forms
of shelter apart from just tents. As a result, we
now refer to ourselves as the Relief Shelter Drive.
Q: I have been hearing reports
that there are a lot of tents available in Pakistan,
and many are being sold on the black market. How
do I know that my donation will reach those that
A: The RSD team is working
with tried and tested grassroots distribution networks
to ensure that the shelter purchased with your donations
is being delivered to the villages we have identified
in our strategy. We also hope to provide as much
photographic evidence as we can of the areas where
we are trying to distribute and set up shelter.
Q: Why should I donate to you
and not to a larger organization with more resources?
A: The RSD team is utilizing
a distribution network to reach areas that have
received bare minimum aid and are not being served
by the government or any relief organization. Further,
the team is trying its best to guarantee that your
donation will be used in the most effective manner
with no overhead cost
Articles On Earth Quake
is the Enemy for Quake's Homeless Millions - NY Times,
Friday Oct 21, 05.
urges greater quake response - BBC, Thursday Oct. 20,
Winter Tents Needed Now - Reuters, Wednesday Oct 19,
Pakistan Earthquake Orphans Thousands - The Guardian,
Tuesday Oct 18, 05.
Earthquake ?an initial assessment - The Pakistan Earthquake Relief
Initiative Monday Oct. 17, 05.
blow ?Wed Oct 26th - The New
Plight of Quake Affectees.